Project in Guyana

Photo Credit © istockphoto

Guyana is extremely susceptible to hydro-meteorological hazards, such as flooding and droughts that often have a devastating impact on the country’s primary industry – agriculture. The multiplier effect of climate change poses numerous cross-cutting challenges to agricultural communities with regard to poverty reduction, food and nutrition security and livelihood opportunities, especially for vulnerable small farmers, livestock holders and agro-processors.

In order to reduce vulnerabilities and bolster disaster management capacity in Guyana, UNDP and national stakeholders have engaged to implement a 3-year project tackling the three main challenges:

  1. Gaps in gender analysis, hazard and risk data;
  2. Limited integration of climate change and disaster risk planning and practices in the agriculture sector; 
  3. Limited access to appropriate, sustainable finance for vulnerable small farmers and women. 

UNOSAT’s contribution

To enhance Guyana’s disaster resilience with a particular focus on flood-prone communities, UNOSAT in collaboration with CIMA Research Foundation are developing and implementing an Early Warning System using a Flood Modelling approach.

The newly established National Flood Forecasting System will provide key national stakeholders with timely flood warnings for extreme flood events and bulletins, containing hazard related maps and information about flood magnitudes based on flood forecasting modelling results.

The National Flood Early Warning System for Guyana will be comprised of two main components:

  1. Implementation of the operational flood forecasting models on a national scale; and
  2. Implementation of capacity-building related activities to ensure proper knowledge transfer and handover of the flood forecast solutions.

The strengthened operational national system, including effective dissemination of potential extreme flood information, will help improve the disaster preparedness and crisis response capabilities of Guyana. Moreover, the gender-responsive approach, which aims to provide support for women in agriculture, will also be applied to all project implementation and review processes.  

Stakeholders

  • Ministry of States (Civil Defence Commission)
  • Ministry of Communities
    • Regional Democratic Councils
    • Neighbourhood Democratic Councils
  • Ministry of Agriculture
    • Hydrometeorological Services
    • National Drainage and Irrigation Authority
    • National Research and Extension Institute
    • Guyana Livestock Development Authority
  • Ministry of Social Protection (Gender Bureau)
  • Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs

Partners

Funded by

Share with